The Art of Living in Provence
Founded in the 13th century by the Knights Templar, the Commanderie de Peyrassol covers an area of some 850 hectares dotted with oaks and olive groves, with 93 hectares dedicated to growing grapes. Thanks to its outstanding natural location the Commanderie was a favoured staging post and a place of rest for pilgrims on their way to the Holy Land.
At an elevation of 330 metres on the lower slopes of the Massif des Maures, the vineyard sits on a clay and limestone soil which is ideal for viticulture. Since the first varieties were planted by the Templars some 800 years ago, generations of wine growers have applied their know-how to nurturing the vineyard and its wines through the dedicated cultivation of this exceptional terroir.
Since 2003 Alban Cacaret has managed the Commanderie de Peyrassol alongside his uncle, Philippe Austruy, who has owned the estate since 2001. Together they have restored the domaine to its former glory and have made Peyrassol one of the most respected vineyards in Provence.
The wines of Peyrassol
The Peyrassol wine storehouse, built from ancestral stone, contains the latest equipment which allows vinification to be performed with a high degree of precision. While remaining true to tradition, the domaine has adapted to the major advances in winemaking, combining these with the expertise of a highly capable team which oversees the operations.
The wines of Peyrassol express to perfection the quality of the terroir and several centuries of know-how. Clos Peyrassol, Château Peyrassol and Commanderie de Peyrassol are three AOC Côtes de Provence lineages which are classed amongst the top grands crus in their AOC category and represent the very essence of Provence. Fresh, refined and delicate, they will provide the perfect accompaniment to shared occasions and moments of relaxation, and will surprise you with their powerful and harmonious aromas.
Guest Accomodation : Staying overnight at Peyrassol
Echoing its prestigious past, the Commanderie de Peyrassol has revived and updated the tradition of hospitality which it inherited from the Templars. Our guest rooms offer the perfect opportunity to enjoy a weekend or even a week away from it all, amidst the peace and tranquillity of unspoilt nature. The rooms have been tastefully renovated in the style you would expect of a location so steeped in history, and are equipped with every modern comfort and convenience.
Opening Hours of Peyrassol
La Commanderie de Peyrassol is opened daily between April, 15th and October, 15th, from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm Mondays to Fridays, and from 10:00 am to 7:00 am on weekends and public holidays.
From October, 16th to April, 14th, Peyrassol is opened from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Mondays to Fridays, and from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Saturdays. From 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on public holidays. Closed Sundays.
One daily winery tour at 11:00am from mid-october to mid april. (Daily winery visits at 11:00 am, 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm from mid-april to mid-october).
The permanent exhibition of the Commanderie de Peyrassol can be visited daily : guided tour at 2:30 pm (Two daily visits at 10:00 am and 4:00 pm from mid-october to mid-april). This 1h30 guided tour includes a selection of pieces of art from the sculpture park, followed by the permanent exhibition. Early booking is compulsory.
A showcase for the creativity of our times
The monumental sculpture park located in the midst of our vines and woodland is one of the finest open-air collections of contemporary art. These works create a link between art and history, and a stroll round the park leads to surprising discoveries and reveals the intimate heart of the Commanderie, for which most of these works were specially created. Jean Dubuffet, Jean Tinguely, Arman, César, Niki de Saint Phalle, Bernar Venet … the most prestigious artists are on display here, inviting the visitor to marvel, to reflect and to simply enjoy.